Sacramento Optimistic on MLS Chances

Sacramento Republic FC

With word from the MLS expected to come soon, Sacramento Republic FC officials are optimistic about their chances of joining the league.

Those who have seen our monthly MLS Expansion reports know that Sacramento is one of the strongest contenders for an MLS expansion franchise. With a plan for a new downtown stadium in place, good ownership, and strong community support, Sacramento has a leg up on most of its competition, so it is little surprise to see optimism from team president Warren Smith.

During a recent gathering with season ticket holders, Smith said that with the MLS Board of Governors meeting this week, a decision from commissioner Don Garber could come soon. According to Smith, previous conversations with league officials lead him to believe that Sacramento Republic FC is on track to join the MLS. More from the Sacramento Bee:

Smith hopes to be given the nod so he can break ground on a new stadium as soon as possible. The environmental impact report is due to be completed in October, Warren said.

In April, the club released architectural plans for a 25,000-seat, $226 million, privately financed MLS stadium that will cover 16 acres in the northeast corner of the downtown railyard.

Smith said having a team in the new stadium by the 2019 MLS season is a realistic expectation if he gets the green light next week. He said it’s important to build now rather than wait even a year because financing costs only compound. Smith said the ownership group could break ground on the new stadium as early as February if it gets the OK from MLS.

The Board of Governors meeting is taking place this week, as part of the MLS All-Star Game in San Jose.

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